With any construction project, there can be dozens of moving parts impacting every stage of the development of a building.
Entire projects can be thrown off schedule if just one component fails. When the parties you depend on to complete a project fail to meet their obligations, an experienced construction dispute attorney can help you mitigate losses and/or recover damages. Even before a project begins, the best way to protect yourself from future litigation is to work with an experienced construction attorney to draft, negotiate, and review all applicable contracts.
Legal Matters in Construction
Construction Contract Disputes
The vast majority of construction disputes revolve around contracts. There are many individuals and entities involved in construction contracts, and if any party violates the terms of a contract, disputes arise. Sometimes one party believes another party has violated the terms of a contract when they haven’t, and other times there is a true breach. Either way, having a construction dispute lawyer on your side is a must.
Before entering into a construction contract, it is always wise to have an experienced lawyer read it over. Contracts are usually written by lawyers to ensure all components are legally enforceable, but if yours was written by another party’s lawyer, it is in your best interest to have your own independent lawyer review it.
When disputes cannot be resolved between parties, the matter may go to court. Whatever side you’re on, whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, it helps to have a construction dispute lawyer representing you and/or your business in court. We will fight for your rights both in and out of court.
Construction, Mechanic’s, and Materialmen’s Liens
When a contractor, subcontractor, or other party believes it has not been paid for services rendered according to a contract, it may file a lien against the property. A lien makes the title unclear, rendering the building unsellable or unable to be refinanced. Whether you’re a contractor, subcontractor, or another party to the construction contract, you need a lawyer to address these issues on your behalf.
If another party owes your business a debt, a construction dispute lawyer can help you collect on that debt. We provide strategies for collecting on both pre-litigation debts and post-judgment debts.
There are many other issues that could arise at any point in the process, including construction defect claims, insurance disputes, and OSHA citations. Having an experienced construction lawyer on your side and at the ready is a valuable asset.
Texas Construction Law
In the state of Texas, you have four years from the date of a breach of contract to file a lawsuit. While this may seem like a long time, legal processes can be lengthy. It is always best to pursue legal action as soon as possible because these disagreements may take a while to resolve, delaying the receipt of any payments due, if applicable.
Construction law can involve an array of parties, including builders, subcontractors, developers, homeowners, contractors, and more. Construction projects require specific materials, labor, financial planning, and other resources to achieve completion. Feldman & Feldman represents construction clients throughout the duration of their projects, helping them draft and solidify strong contracts and successfully handle any disputes that arise before, during, or after a project. The types of claims a Houston construction lawyer will handle include:
- Mechanic’s Liens
- Materialman’s Liens
- Lien Foreclosure
- Contract Drafting and Negotiations
- Contract Disputes
- Disputes With Contractors
- Construction Contracts
- Insurance Issues
- Construction Appeals
- Performance Bonds
- Payment Bonds
- Construction Defects
- Warranty Claims
- Claims For Payment Or Delay
- Performance Defects
- Subcontractor Agreements
- Commercial Development Agreements
Violation of the Terms of a Construction Contract
Whatever your role is in the construction process, whether you’re the general contractor, a subcontractor, the architect, an engineer, or even the property owner, if you feel that one or more parties have violated their obligations under the terms of a contract, you should contact a construction dispute lawyer. We can advise you on how to best resolve the dispute.
Construction Litigation Lawyers | Feldman & Feldman
As experienced business lawyers with a deep knowledge of Texas construction law, we are confident in we can assist you in handling your construction dispute. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your business at 713-986-9471.